One of the houseplants that most often graces our windowsills and tables during the festive period is the beautifully vibrant Poinsettia. Originating from Mexico, Euphorbia pulcherrima is commonly known as Poinsettia after Joel Robert Poinsett, the American ambassador to Mexico in the 1820-30’s.
Poinsettias have distinctive, brightly coloured bracts. They require 12 hours of darkness followed by daylight for around a week to promote the bract colouring. This is why the bracts create their colour in the autumn winter period, due to the increased hours of darkness and shortened days.
As a result they are an extremely popular houseplant to brighten the home at Christmas time or as a gift.
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Modern varieties of poinsettia are available in a wide range of hues; reds, pinks, greens and more. It is the rich red that is most commonly seen in homes during the festive season.
|Sun requirements||warm, bright draught free spot in the home|
|Soil||Moist, well drained soil|
|Size||They can grow up to 60cm tall and 30cm wide|
|Flowering time||November – December|
For a spectacular table display place several poinsettias in a large bowl and top with moss. Alternatively visit one of our centres to see the display.